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Message to Students

January 06, 2022

Message to Students from Joy Pulsifer, Dean of Student Life

Good Afternoon Bulldogs,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful semester break. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon, as the spring semester will begin as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 10

Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

Michigan is seeing a winter surge of COVID-19, mainly due to the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant. To continue protecting the health of our community, we are asking everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to test for COVID-19 before returning to campus or a regional location next week. You can locate a test near you online, schedule an on-campus test or complete an at-home test. Testing is also available on campus at the Birkam Health Center Monday through Friday. Please call (231) 591-2614, Option 2, to schedule an appointment.

The University will continue the health and safety protocols established to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth while indoors on-campus, wash your hands often, limit the size of your social pod and avoid large gatherings. Don’t forget to complete the daily symptom checker when coming to a campus location. As you arrive on campus, continue to be attentive to your health. Take all symptoms of illness seriously, even mild ones, such as a runny nose, a slight headache, sore throat or upset stomach. If you are having any symptoms, please report them in your daily symptom checker and take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing on-campus and around our state. Please stay at your residence if you are feeling ill, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and when you are awaiting test results from being symptomatic and/or a close contact. Most people with COVID are the most contagious 1-2 days before developing symptoms and through the first 4-5 days following a positive test. If you test positive for COVID-19, please be sure to report your status in the “Report a Positive Test Result” portal. When you do this, it will alert the Birkam Health Center to reach out to you to ensure that you have all the resources available to you. It is also imperative to follow the directives and guidance related to quarantine and isolation.

If we all do our part we can continue to limit the spread and impact of COVID on our campus this spring. Also, if you haven’t received your flu shot and/or your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, it’s not too late – you can obtain one from the Birkam Heath Center.

Required COVID Testing for Students Living in On-Campus Residence Halls

Residence Halls open this Friday, January 7th at 8 AM. To protect the health of our on-campus living community, all students living on-campus, regardless of vaccination status, have been notified that they are expected to bring the results of a negative COVID-19 test with them (taken within 72 hours of moving back). The negative test result should be presented when picking up your key at your Residence Hall Front Desk. If you have not tested within 72 hours of moving back, you will be required to show that you have scheduled an on-campus test before you can check-in/receive your keys. You can locate a test near you online, schedule an on-campus test or complete an at-home test. Testing is also available on campus at the Birkam Health Center Monday through Friday. Please call (231) 591-2614, Option 2, to schedule an appointment.

Spring Semester Textbooks

The online bookstore is open for purchasing spring textbooks at ferris.edu/books. Please login and view your required course materials and order ASAP if you have not done so already. Akademos, our online textbook provider, has added additional customer support staff and increased inventory to meet demand.

Bulldog News Daily Emails

Please watch your ferris.edu email for upcoming Bulldog News daily emails. They will include additional important information such as spring semester activities to welcome back all Bulldogs! The first few weeks of the semester will feature a variety of activities to reconnect with campus including Bulldog Athletics contests, the University Center Anniversary Party, a PB&J Buffet and more! Mark your calendars to attend the annual spring RSO/Involvement Fair in the University Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get out and connect with new and current students with similar passions and interests. You can find more details on our Spring Welcome page and on Bulldog Connect.

Thank you for all you did this fall and for your continuing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community. I wish you every success in the coming semester!

Best regards,

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life